Friday, 17 April 2020

Free access to Oxford Medicine Online

https://oxfordmedicine.com/
Oxford University Press have offered free access to the entirety of Oxford Medicine Online until the end of June to support the NHS during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Oxford Medicine Online contains a large amount of titles from OUP, all accessible via your OpenAthens log in.

We have also added the books with links to the full text to our library catalogue to make them easy to find (and of course, you can find all of our other stock on the catalogue too).

Just click the link in the catalogue record, scroll and click on ‘Sign in via your institution’ on the left hand side then select ‘NHS in England’ to log in with your NHS OpenAthens account. If you don't have an NHS OpenAthens account, you can register online for one here.

OUP have also put together a free selection of resources, journal articles and book chapters specifically on COVID-19, coronaviruses and related subjects which you can find here

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Libraries closed to visitors but still providing services

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak all the libraries are now closed to visitors. This includes out of hours access.

However, library staff are still working to provide you with a service and we are available if you need:
  • A literature search 
  • A journal article 
  • A book or other document
  • Help with using databases or accessing electronic journals
  • Anything else library related...

Please contact one of the libraries and we will do our best to give you what you need.

You can also access our (new) catalogue online at https://nhft.koha-ptfs.co.uk/ which will show you everything we have in stock and provide links to all of  the ebooks we have which you can access online with your OpenAthens password (and if you don't have one of those you can register for one here).

You can find information about all the services we offer on our web site, including links to journals, databases, the Royal Marsden Manual and other ebooks and everything else we provide.

Monday, 16 March 2020

All library training cancelled

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (of which Library Services is a part) has decided that all training should be cancelled until at least the end of June as part of their response to the COVID-19 situation.

We are sorry that we can no longer provide this training but there are some online alternatives that you could use.

Health Education England have provided an online course in planning a search and using the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) to carry it out. You can do the training without logging in but if you do it will not record your progress. If you wish to log in you can use an NHS OpenAthens account.

You will also need an OpenAthens account to use the NHS databases for searching for journal articles (module 7). If you do not have one you can register from here. If you already have an account but have problems with it please contact the library.

Once on the HDAS site there is more help available from these 2 pages: https://hdas.nice.org.uk/help/ and https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/library-and-knowledge-services-staff/training-materials (which includes links to help videos on YouTube).

If you need a work-related literature search done then you can also contact the library and ask us to do that for you.

There is an online tutorial on critical appraisal. This covers RCTs, systematic reviews and economic evaluations and in each case there is a tutorial and a paper that you can download to appraise and then check your answers against the ones on the site.

The Understanding Health Research site also has a tool which guides you through a series of questions to help you to review and interpret a published health research paper.

We hope these will help, but if you have any questions regarding training, literature searching or critical appraisal, please contact one of the libraries.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

New edition of the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures now available

The new 10th edition of the Royal Marsden Manual is now available online (we will order print copies when they are published in May).

The Manual is nationally recognised as the essential guide to clinical nursing skills. The online edition is very easy to use, allowing you to search or browse through topic headings.

www.rmmonline.co.uk/
The fully updated 10th edition provides up-to-date, evidence-based clinical skills procedures related to essential aspects of patient care.

The procedures in the Manual are based on the latest research findings and advice from clinical experts, to enable students and qualified nurses to provide the best possible care. All procedures include the rationale for each action and the evidence used is graded to help nurses assess its validity.

You can access the manual without logging in by using the links on your trust's intranet:
  • NHFT staff - go to the Library's page on the Staff Room and look under "External links"
  • NGH staff - find it in the Quick links section under "Clinical" on the front page of The Street
Alternatively, you can access the Manual from anywhere with an Internet connection via the RMM site. Go to www.rmmonline.co.uk and log in using your OpenAthens account.  If you don't have one you can apply online here (NHS staff and attached students only). 

Please contact one of the libraries if you have any questions or need any help.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Advance warning of disruption to library services on the 16th and 17th March

Last year we took the decision to review our library management system (the software that runs our catalogue and allows us to issue and return books etc.). Following on from that process we decided to switch to a new system - Koha.

What does this mean for all our users?

There will be some disruption on the 16th and 17th of March to normal service while we transfer to Koha which means our catalogue will not be available.

What do you need to know now?
  • If you need a list of books you have borrowed from us please print this (or ask staff for help) before March 13th. It will not be possible to provide you with a list after this date.
  • The Bookmyne app will no longer work from March 16th.
Please contact one of the libraries if you have any questions.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Berrywood Library book sale starts Monday

"I got this absolute bargain at the Berrywood library sale"
We are holding a sale of books recently withdrawn from our stock, starting at 9 am on Monday the 2nd of March at the Berrywood Library.

On offer will be a variety of titles, including previous editions of textbooks as well as other items covering lots of different subjects and disciplines.

Costing just £1 or £2 each, you could find yourself a real bargain, but they do tend to sell quickly so we advise you to get here early in the week for maximum choice.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in February:

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Richmond Library book sale starts Monday

We are holding a sale of books recently withdrawn from our stock, starting at 9 am on Monday the 17th of February at the Richmond Library.

On offer will be a variety of titles, including previous editions of textbooks as well as other items covering lots of different subjects and disciplines.

Costing just £1 or £2 each, you could find yourself a real bargain, but they do tend to sell quickly so we advise you to get here early in the week for maximum choice

Friday, 31 January 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

In light of the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus we have put together a short list of useful resources.

Department of Health and Social Care / Public Health England:

In the light of the current outbreak, a number of publishers have made information on the virus freely available.

Journal articles and research:

Other useful information:

News sources:

Monday, 20 January 2020

Library closures Monday 27th January

"This new system is super hi-tech" 
All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 27th of January because of staff training.

We are moving to a new library management system and the whole team will be spending the day getting to grips with the new catalogue, finding out how to issue, return and reserve books etc., before we go live towards the end of March (more on that later).

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries, but Isebrook Library will be closed for the day.


Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journals and books added


Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in January:

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New electronic journals collection available

Mark Allen Healthcare Complete
The Library Service has purchased a new collection of electronic journals for 2020.

Featuring over 65,000 articles across 26 titles, the Mark Allen Healthcare Complete collection is aimed at nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

The titles available in the collection include:
  • British Journal of Community Nursing
  • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
  • British Journal of Healthcare Management
  • British Journal of Mental Health Nursing
  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • Dental Nursing
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Health Visiting
  • Journal of Prescribing Practice (formerly Nurse Prescribing)
  • + 15 others
For a full list of titles available see the MAH Collection poster online.

To access any of the individual titles from the MAH Complete collection you can:
You can also find links to all the MAH Complete content if you undertake a search on a topic using HDAS (the healthcare databases).

For any of these options you will need an OpenAthens password to access these (and thousands more) electronic journals. If you don't already have one you can register online for an account.

Please contact one of the libraries if you have any questions about accessing the collection.